The Week That Was – July 13 — 19

Sunday, July 13 — In at 8:35, calm, intermittent rain. Posted pictures from the Friday Robbie’s gathering at Honey & Quinine blog. Lots of work upstairs, nice visit with Christine, phot’ed two T-45Cs and processed the pictures.

Hawker/McDonnell Douglas T-45C Goshawk, the CO's bird.

Hawker/McDonnell Douglas T-45C Goshawk, the CO’s bird.

another T-45C, standard USN colors

another T-45C, standard USN colors

Went home via grocer at 8:55.  PRODUCTIVE DAY.
Monday, July 14 — Slow starting, in at 8:25 calm & sunny. Processed pictures. Had a productive day here until 11:45, then to employer until 5, and at work and back at AKM. Departed for home at 8:25.

Tuesday, July 15 — In at 8:25. Cool (59) and sunny. Talked with someone about arranging easier access to photographing aircraft departing and arriving, especially on Runway 22/4. Work was fine. Back at AKM, had no real appetite for the museum and worked on something else. This is a first, not a constructive attitude. My life beyond AKM is souring my attitude about life in general. It’s affecting progress here, DAMMIT!  Photog’d a Cessna 172 (I think) before the eastern sun rose above the aircraft parked close to the edge of the tarmac. I did enjoy talking with an AKM visitor about his Citation II and met his wife. Both share the cockpit in their charter operation. Did not photog’ the Il. Nice people.logo on a 172

logo on a 172

This and the closeup are unverified with FlightAware and unedited as presented here. Note the MAJOR shadows from tall signs and light poles on the edge of the tarmac.

This and the closeup are unverified with FlightAware and unedited as presented here. Note the MAJOR shadows from tall signs and light poles on the edge of the tarmac.

Nice people. Determined to leave for home at 7 but stayed until 7:30 processing pictures. Then left for grocer and dinner at home.
Wednesday, July 16 — In at 7:25, cool, clear and calm. The Rockwell 112 owned by the Fed Ex pilot from the Chicago area who’s also with the 183rd ANG outfit is back on the ramp. Arrived yesterday. Took no pics because I phot’d it extensively the first time he visited and he was gone later in the morning. Work went very well. Back at AKM produced several more postcards and met a family returning home in their Piper Saratoga SP.

Piper Saratoga with the "speed wing,"

Piper Saratoga with the “speed wing,”

They visited AKM office and showed me the airplane. Departed for home at 8:00.

PipSara-1Thursday, July 17 — In at 7:30, weather ditto yesterday. Phot’d a sharp Falcon 50 on the ramp.

Dassault Falcon 50,  later repositioned across the airport for servicing at Standard Aero.

Dassault Falcon 50, later repositioned across the airport for servicing at Standard Aero.

Printed some more airplane postcards for the evening’s gallery appearance. Decent day at “employer.” Did not return to airport. Attended a Chamber of Commerce “Business After Hours” at a hotel, passed around some employer business cards, went to a gallery event and sold 15 AKM postcards at 50 cents each. Home by 10:30 had a light dinner and last of the wine. To bed by 11:15.
Friday, July 18 — In at 7:35, weather ditto yesterday. Busy day at work and didn’t accomplish much for AKM. Things that MUST BE DONE are piling up as obligations elsewhere generate nothing but dark disappointment. Spent no time at AKM after work because of a commitment to attend a an art gallery event downtown where I displayed the new AeroKnow postcards (sold 4) and went home depressed. Three nights away from here this week  It’s hard to maintain my positive outlook here at AKM with so damned disappointments  from previously (in the main) dependably reliable sectors..
Saturday, July 19 — In at NOON, the latest arrival in at least a year, because I am a little rattled from another disappointing  event with “the normals” I attended last night. Took no airplane pictures all day but processed pictures and made decent headway in that regard. Did photog a few Illinois Pilots Association board members who toured the office after their day-long meeting. Had lively conversation with them, gave them brochures. I SHOULD have been here at 7 a today, but I did laundry and straightened up some of the clutter in the house. A productive outcome, but no joy. Processed pictures all afternoon and accomplished something. Departed for home via grocer at 7:15.

Thanks for reading this post.
For more information about AeroKnow Museum visit our website — www.aeroknow.com  and to learn how to support it, contact akm@eosinc.com

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About Job Conger

I am a freelance aviation, business and tourism writer, poet, songwriter. My journalism appears regularly in Springfield Business Journal and Illinois Times. I am author of Springfield Aviation from Arcadia Publishing and available everywhere. As founder/director of AeroKnow Museum (AKM) and a volunteer with American Aviation Historical Society (AAHS), I created this blog to share news about AKM activity and aviation history.
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